Dearborn ties for fifth place in best places to trick-or-teat study

By ZEINAB NAJM
Times-Herald Newspapers

DEARBORN — For the second straight year, Dearborn earned a spot in the top 10 places in the country to trick-or-treat during Halloween, according to a study by SmartAsset.

In 2015 Dearborn ranked eighth, but this year it tied for the fifth spot with Longmont, Colo., out of 252 cities analyzed.

The seven factors taken into consideration included, single-family housing density, population age 14 years old or younger, violent crime rate, property crime rate, median home value, average temperature and precipitation probability.

The analysis gave full weight to each factor, then an average was calculated from the rankings and a score between 0 and 100 was given.

Dearborn has a single-family housing density of 1,044 per square mile, 24.3 percent population age 14 years old or younger, 355.36 violent crime rate per 100,000 residents, 56.8 degree average temperature and precipitation probability of 1.3 percent.

The total score for Dearborn as one of the best places to trick-or-treat was determined to be 86.85 out of a possible 100.

In 2015, Dearborn had a single-family housing density of 1,079 per square mile, 25 percent population age 14 years old or younger, 331.23 violent crime rate per 100,000 residents, 56.8 average temperature and precipitation probability of 6.8 percent.

The city’s total score was 86.60.

The change in position from 2015 to 2016 is owed to lower crime rates and a 26.4 percent median home value increase.

“We looked at important factors that determine the safe and affordable for locations families,” SmartAsset Spokewoman Asees Singh said.

SmartAssest is a finance technology company that provides personalized, interactive tools and calculators to help make big financial decisions easier according to its website.

Singh said the company decided to do the Halloween study because it is a fun holiday for everyone involved.

“It’s really about the people who enjoy it the most which is the children,” she said. “It’s great to study where children get their candy and have fun during Halloween.”

Along with trick-or-treating, Dearborn featured multiple events that celebrate the holiday throughout October.

The Dearborn Historical Museum hosts its annual children’s Halloween party from 4 to 6 p.m. Oct. 28, and the Arab American National Museum, 13624 Michigan Ave., will host a Haunted Halloween Party from 2 to 4:30 p.m. Oct. 29.

Greenfield Village provides guests with an elaborate display of decorations from 6:30 to 9 p.m. Oct. 27 to 29 and 6:30 to 8 p.m. Oct. 30.

Henry Ford Centennial Library, 16301 Michigan Ave., hosts a monster bash for children in grades 4 and up at 2:30 p.m. Oct. 29 featuring with arts and crafts activities.

The Ford Community & Performing Arts Center, 15801 Michigan Ave., hosts its annual Boo Bash from 6 to 8 p.m. Oct. 27 with refreshments, games and costume contest.

Finally, the final weekend of the Dearborn firefighters annual Burn Drive Pumpkin Patch will be from noon to 5 p.m. Oct. 29 and 30 at Station 2, 19800 W. Outer Drive. Pumpkins are $5, and proceeds go to injured and sick children and families in need. Firetruck tours, face painting and refreshments also will be available.

(Zeinab Najm can be reached at zeinabnajm92@gmail.com.)

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